2016 Young Voices Writers Conference
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North York Central Library
5120 Yonge St. (at the North York Centre subway stop)
FREE! Ages 12-19
Bring your FREE TICKET with you to the Conference!
Get motivated at full day of workshops by professional writers!
- Get published in the Young Voices Instant Anthology
- Share your work at the lunchtime Open Mic
- Win prizes!
- Learn and try new things in workshops led by published writers
A hit-and-run workshop in the art of messing around with poet and artist, Annie Wong. Using a miscellany of print material and good-old Crayola markers, you'll engage in blackout poetry, surrealist collage making, and a variety of tactics to make your own zany works of literary art.
Get a Little Weird
Join novelist and journalist Pasha Malla in a strange writing adventure inspired by the Exquisite Corpse and Consequences parlour games. Elements of chance, randomness and collage will determine character, setting and plot-lines and you'll cobble the wildly various pieces together into a collaborative story. Free yourself from the limits of structure and and get a little weird!
Find Your Own Voice – Write Your Own Lyrics
You have something to say! And why not say it in song? Learn how to write your own lyrics with Sue Newberry, of the band Sue Newberry & The Law. Even if you've never written a song before, you can try out techniques to express yourself and find your own songwriting voice.
Drawing the Inside Out
Learn the value of expressing your personal story through the power of comics with comic artist, Georgia Webber. Comics provide a language each of us can shape and craft in our own unique way. Through the combination of writing, drawing, design, and more, you'll work to articulate your inner world in order to reach the inner worlds of others - by telling great stories.
Science and Math Can Make You a Better Writer
Do you (secretly maybe) love both science and writing? Explore the intersections between the two with novelist and science geek Alexis von Konigslow. Use science-minded activities as springboards to get writing projects started; learn how writers use science to inform their writing.
Telling Your Story with Poetry
This workshop with Gwen Benaway explores using poetry to express your experiences. Explore how metaphor, imagery, and word choice can help you articulate your story in new and powerful ways. Discover how small edits can have a big impact on your writing.
The Power of Words
There’s a story in your throat calling for freedom! Find your inner story and transform it into spoken word poetry. Join World Poetry Slam champ Ian Keteku to explore how inspiring leaders use language to communicate strong messages. Find inspiration, learn the mechanics of writing down your ideas.
PASSION, POLITICS & IDENTITIES
with library e writer in residence Vivek Shraya
We are all complicated humans, with many layers and beliefs. This workshop will explore how to incorporate our various passions, politics and identities in our writing, and how writing can be a powerful tool to create change.
Get published in the Young Voices Instant Anthology!
Bring your original art, writing or an original comic (no bigger than an 8.5x11 piece of paper.)
Your work will be included in the Instant Anthology that you receive at the end of the day.
Young Voices Writers Conference sponsors: